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Y9 research visit to The London Aquarium

Our Y9 students are working with the charity Bite Back, founded by local hero Graham Buckingham, to produce a film to promote the growing need for shark conservation. Estimates indicate that 73 million sharks are killed every year, many just for their fins.

We had a very productive day at the London... Aquarium, interviewing the public about their perception of sharks, collecting footage and making our own primary source drawings. The highlight of the day was meeting a shark expert, Andre, who shared his love of these awesome apex predators, followed by the amazing sight of the tiger sharks being fed.

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Year 9 Mosaic Project

Inspired by patterns in science and nature, our Year 9 students have spent the last few weeks taking their colour knowledge and applying it in their designs for mosaic motifs.
They took into consideration, not just the refining of their chosen design to suit the limitations of mosaic, but also what colour... combinations could show their motif to it’s best advantage. The final mosaic planters will be placed in the new garden outside our Science block.

This project was funded by our wonderful parents association, the Friends of Hampton Court House.

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Year 9 Survival Weekend

We arrived at Broadstone Warren Campsite and then walked for about twenty minutes with our packs to our area of the site. When we arrived we had to build our own shelter. We divided into two groups and started to build a shelter using sticks and logs from the forest floor after some instructions on how... to do it. Once we finished laying out the sticks and logs we started putting leaves on the roof and then the floor. Four hours later our shelter was completed. After that, we cooked chicken, chorizo and vegetable stew over the main fire and then ate dinner. Once we had eaten dinner we started making our own fire with the help of the instructors since our shelter was partially open to the elements and then settled down for the night. Overnight it snowed!

Before going to sleep we took part in a ‘search and rescue’ session where we learned how to search for objects and people and what to do when we find an injured person. We woke up to a beautiful sky and white ground. In the morning we first started packing our bags and then we started cooking breakfast, some also had to harvest wood from trees to use for the fire.

After eating breakfast we demolished our shelter and made it look like we were never there. Later on we learnt about fire-craft where we were taught the different ways of making fire. We started setting cotton on fire using fire-steel. Then after a lunch of tomato soup and bread we learnt how to use a knife in knifecraft, we made tent pegs using only a piece of wood and learnt different techniques of cutting wood. That was the end of our trip and we had to say goodbye to the forest and walk back to the bus. It was a great weekend with cool instructor and all-in-all an amazing experience.

Post written by Charles in Year 9.

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Maths Day at HCH

When students budget their life for a year (including national insurance), spend money at a funfair, find treasures on giant monster graphs, buy and sell stickers on the stock market, graph various experiments, go Easter egg hunting, draw Mondrians or Hirsts or brave the cold to decipher messages using... Semaphore, then we know Maths Day has arrived!

Our annual Maths Day had the theatre buzzing with numbers and saw students from Nursery to Year 11 enjoying different activities, applying skills learnt and showing their creative side.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone supporting the event, especially our Sixth Formers Anais and Brynley who came in at 8.50 am to help out with the funfair.

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Museum of London Trip

This last Activities Day saw Years 8 to 11 exploring the wonders of our fantastic city’s past, present and future.

After a walking tour of a range of London’s greatest sights including St Paul’s Cathedral, the Tate Modern and the Houses of Parliament we explored the Museum of London investigating topics as diverse as the suffragettes, the future sustainable development of London as well as the intricacies of a ‘fatburg’!

The Big Think

On Friday, our group went to the Science Museum for activities day. We went there by train to Wimbledon and then took the tube to South Kensington. In the museum we first had 20 minutes to visit some of it, we visited the astronomy part. Then we watched a movie in an iMax theatre in 3D about engineering... and how much engineering impacts the world we live in and how important it is. It was one if the biggest screens that we have seen and the 3D effects were remarkable. After, we went upstairs and played games based on engineering and space. Later on, we ate lunch and visited the rest of the museum which I found very interesting and informative. The museum covered vehicles, economics, space and more although we didn’t have enough time to visit everything but we still enjoyed it. Finally we arrived at school at exactly 4 pm.

Post written by Charles in Year 9.

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Activities Day Upper Years Indoor Rock Climbing and Golf

Activities Day provided an opportunity for some Upper Years pupils to test their nerves (and their muscles) whilst climbing at White Spider. Following our climb, pupils had a chance to practise their swing at the driving range. It was a great opportunity for pupils to try a new sport and put themselves out of their comfort zone. There was a lot of enthusiasm and determination from the group and even some Lee Westwood-esque swings in the mix!